St William Parish, Louisville, Kentucky - the future for Irish parishes - ploughed by Irish emigrants from 1901. (Republished by permission of NCR)
What different path might the Catholic Church in Ireland have taken, if this 1964 Vatican II declaration had led to never-ending dialogue in every Irish parish?
That Jesus called people to ‘follow me’ in the Gospel is indisputable, but was he calling some to a primary role of ‘ministry’ and others to be merely deferential receivers of that ministry – a secondary role? Sean O'Conaill thinks otherwise.
The ACI Steering Group asks for feedback from members on the progress of lay involvement in an Irish church running increasingly short of clergy.
On May 7, 2019 Pope Francis said his own experts could not agree on whether women were ordained as deacons in the same way that men were in the early church. The Wijngaards Institute suggests that the Pope should consult documents in the Vatican library to clear his own mind on the subject.
Is the 'worldliness' that Jesus 'conquered' the same as the 21st century 'status anxiety' that led to high-profile cheating re US university admissions? Sean O'Conaill thinks so, and offers a 'cure'.
In the week of February 4th-8th 2019, Richard Rohr OFM reflects on the history of Christian understanding of the meaning of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Aidan Hart suggests an appropriate New Year’s resolution for ACI Catholics which would help bring about the necessary reforms of the Church into a Christ-centered lay movement, humbly served by priests and hierarchy.
Eugene McElhinney and Sean O'Conaill - retired colleagues in the same Irish Catholic second-level school - are optimistic about the long-term impact of René Girard's key insights on Catholic Education.
What underlies the tendency that drives so much consumerism and rivalry - even at Christmas? Sean O'Conaill attempts an explanation.
Can laypeople lead a parish? Look to Louisville, KY, USA
High Time for Lumen Gentium No. 37 (1964)?
When did Jesus call anyone to a secondary role in the church?
'Lay involvement' - is it happening in your parish?
Pope Francis' experts disagree on the issue of women deacons
21st Century 'Status Anxiety' is Gospel 'Worldliness'
Richard Rohr - Jesus and the Cross
A New Year Resolution for ACI Catholics
Catholic Education and the Future: Insights from René Girard
What underlies René Girard's 'mimetic desire'?
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It was not 'the Catholic Church' that failed to protect children from clerical predators, writes Thomas Reese SJ. It was Catholic bishops and superiors.
Comment on the Prayers of the Faithful from “A Very Appreciative Priest” Just a quick note to thank you for the excellent prayers of the faithful you...
What does 'faith development' mean to you? This Mater Dei research project wants to hear from everyone interested.
An October 2019 synod in Rome will discuss the possibility of ordaining 'elders' - married men - for indigenous communities with too few priests.
Responding to a call from James Carroll to 'abolish the priesthood' Thomas Reese SJ insists that clericalism results simply from human ambition.
Thu 13th June, 2019 - Activist and Pastor Brandan Robertson to speak to We Are Church Ireland on LGBT inclusion.
8th June 2019 - Professor Tina Beattie to address We Are Church Ireland on prospects for advancing the role of women in the Church.
Monday May 20th, 2019 - Joe Mulvaney of We Are Church introduces his book recounting his faith journey and his vision of the future church.
One of the church's top experts expects the Church's central government to remain stuck in the 18th century.
“The Irish church, if it wants to survive and flourish, has to change and has to overcome some of the ways in which it is entrapped."